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12] [roll cal] >l] >> please join me for the pledge of allegiance. [pledge of allegiance] we will go to item a, approval of board minutes, for may 15, 2012. any corrections? roll call, please. [roll call vote]
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>> five aye's. >> thank you. item b, presentation to the board of education. >> congratulations on the class of 2012. this is what we all live for. with all the teachers, everybody that helped all the kids get to the finish line or the starting line, i should say. it is the commencement, the beginning of the rest of their lives. this is simply putting them hopefully at a good vantage to
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be successful in courier's or college or whatever they choose to go off. i want to thank everybody for their hard work. the year has flown by despite the economic issues we're dealing with and it is hard to believe that the school year ends this friday and school was over for this school year. that is the last day of school. if they tell you they don't have to go to school on monday, you ought to believe them. they are not pulling your leg this time, opec? on tuesday, may 29, next tuesday, that is our forced closure day. all our employees are giving up salary and everything because of the state budget. we don't think that is a really good thing to do, but that is how california's inadequately funding public education and it
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forces us to do these terrible things. yesterday, if you saw in the paper or heard about on the news, the state superintendent of schools announced that just a couple weeks ago, there were 172 school districts that were really in a financial mess, and that number as of yesterday is now 180. they can't seem to balance their budgets, so if they're not careful, they'll be taken over by the state. the economic crisis is so tough that they can't run the school system. home is a huge issue we will go a long ways to solve. i hope that we work with the legislature at next year, we can't continue to keep chopping away more and more because we're running out of things and who is paying the price? and the children.
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i think it is really shortsighted in california. i hope the public starts waking up because the alarm that should be ringing already, how much longer we going to continue to cut the future of ourselves, our students future. this should be a national disgrace and everyone should be mad as hell about it. i want to wish everybody a great summer. students, i know there'll be a lot of different programs going on in the summer and the city has put out over 5000 jobs for you. kids that are busy home stay out of other issues and learn a lot of new things. how want to encourage parents that just because it is summer, please take some time to devote to spending quality time especially with elementary kids reading, writing, doing math
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with them. too many times over the summer, they lose a lot of what they have learned over the year and we have to start all over. give them a healthy start and help them out over the summer so that we don't need to do that. i know there will be a lot of summer school programs and camps out there. i want to thank the organizations and the city that have provided great things for our children this summer. it is great to be in this village called san francisco where everybody stepped up and we wish everyone a safe and fun summer. later on, we might have a student that we have asked if they would read a column for us. we thought it would be fitting. >> imc is a recognition and resolution of commendations.
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>> we usually do a distinguished service award and we try to pick the most the unsung heroes that are out there that we know are out there. we don't give up hundreds every meeting, but tonight we are going to give out a couple of different ones. i like to ask caroline to step up and help us make the presentation. they're your. >> it is my great pleasure and privilege to introduce the distinguished special service award recipients for this month. james samuel was nominated by the former manager for his dedication to students and
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positive support of his colleagues. even though i was of the one to nominate him, i support him and his work because of all the extra effort that he has put into his work this year. i appreciate all that he does for the early education school. i actually offered him a challenge this year. he was a school-age teacher for years and years, and this year, he became a preschool teacher. he has really stepped up to the challenge, i think he has learned a lot and a groan of a lot as a professional. i would like to thank him and offer him this award. [applause]
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>> of like to thank everybody, thank life for coming. the children of san francisco and zero board members that i know, we ran a bargaining team about 10 years ago, remember back in the day? i want to thank everybody and remember to keep our eye on the prize, the children of san francisco and the employees. psychologists, social workers, everyone. let's remember that he prize is very rewarding and a very worthwhile to me, but also our livelihood and what we need to do for employees of this district. i want to thank you very much.
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[applause] our next award, a look like to ask of the principal at flynn. >> good evening, buenas noches. it is mroe than -- more than a privilege, it is my honor. i am so pleased to present this award. mr. roberts is not as a dedicated teacher, he is a teacher by heart, he has professional qualities that cannot be described. go into his classroom and you see how seem less the transitions are in the classroom. children are talking to each
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other when the teacher says it is time to talk to your partner right now. they know who is their partner. intentionally delivering the type of instruction that challenges students, but also nurtures them. i consider myself a good teacher, but i haven't seen the teacher that addresses the classroom and the families in the way that mr. robertson does. he is really concerned about the children that will not have those type of opportunities outside the school. the children that did not have access to libraries, to resources. he really made sure that in the classroom, they will have the support that they need.
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and every single time, he is reminding us that it is about equity. every month, he goes to treasure island to teach the children. during the summer, he has been scheduled to work with the children that need the help for next school year. so it is my honor to ask the superintendent and the president of the board to give you the award. [applause] i forgot to mention mr. robert last week was honored with the mayor's award feature of the month as well.
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>> i just want to say thank you very much to my colleagues and also to families and in particular, my students. every single day, they teach me how to be of better teacher of them. thank you. >> i am sorry, but i have the privilege of he was one of the teachers on my list, 90 that were nominated for the mayor's teacher of the month award and we brought it down the 60 into 30. we went into 30 classrooms, and we finally chose 10 teachers out of the 90.
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going into his classroom was unbelievable, it made me feel like a 5-year-old again. when he talks about seamless thus, there was no disruption in his teaching because he was making sure that the kids knew he was present. every time there was a transition, it was signaled by a sound and there was singing in the classroom. everything was focused around the kids, and i had a chance to ask him what makes him happy about teaching, and for him it was all about making the kids had the opportunity to be kids and that childhood is extremely important. he wants to make sure that they have their childhood. hugh being the teacher in that classroom is a privilege for the kids and a wonderful honor. you bring some much harder to teaching and i want to congratulate you again this evening and for last week's
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recognition. congratulations. >> next item is a combination of the food bank. is there a motion for this? >> the reading of the resolution high commissioner fewer. commissioner fewer: the san francisco food bank has been a strong partner with the san francisco unified school district in providing food to low-income families with groceries needed east -- each week. beginning with the first of the children pantry in 2003. and whereas the san francisco food bank has healthy pantries in public schools which are
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weakly throughout the school year with operations through the summer. and the healthy children program serves 3200 san francisco unified families every week and distributes over 2,000,300 pounds of food to these families annually. and 30 high needs schools that provide health a morning snacks consisting of fresh fruit, pretzels, granola bars, and over 10,000 students a day that amount to over 1 million sacks a year. and it serves approximately 56,000 school-age children and has included in the strategic plan a goal of academic excellence for all children, and whereas the school district has been a supporter of healthy food for our students, having set
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specific guidelines in the student lunches and breakfasts. and whereas the center for disease control says that it promotes the optimal growth for children and it can negatively affect our health, cognitive development, and school performance. be it resolved that the san francisco unified school district recognizes with deep gratitude and a tremendous contribution of the seventh as the food bank to the families and students of the san francisco public schools. and be it further resolved that these advances to a unified school district on behalf of the thousands of students and their families command and honor the work of the san francisco food bank in expressing a strong support and desire for a long and continued partnership.
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>> i don't think there are any public speakers. are there, from the board or superintendent? commissioner murase: i want to thank the community food bank. they really do a wonderful job of not reaching to the community -- outreaching to the community. it is a great way to get graduates come back and held on wednesday afternoon. the donations received get out to the community, and helped the school building community. commissioner fewer: the idea of writing this commendation came when i was visiting
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schools and so many that i visited i saw the food bank delivering food and i saw our parents getting food. the parents said they would not be able to make ends meet if the court not for this food. it is through the generosity of the food bank and of the donors which i encourage everybody to donate to. and also for the food thbank to have the vision. we serve moderate to low-income families. a number of families have been struck by this horrible crises that happens where our economy is. the struggle every day to feed their families. on behalf of everyone here and the families, i want to say thank you so much for thinking about us, making it so easy for our families to access this
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food. it has been a gift beyond measure. >> it really is a wonderful organization that does a tremendous amount of work, particularly for our city. thank you for bringing this forward, we would all probably like our name on the resolution. >> i would like to concur with adding the names. i have seen the food banks at work, not only in our schools, but in many community organizations and churches. they served just a tremendous number of people who, and they are really dependent on this ration of food for them. i am glad that you brought this
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commendation to us because i think it is well-deserved. i consider the san francisco food bank and one of the truce and the it is treasures that we have. anybody else? roll call. [roll call vote] >> seven aye's. >> could a representative of the food bank go to the podium?
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>> this is the executive director of the san francisco food bank. >> thank you very much for this recognition and this honor. we have some in the low-income families concentrated in our schools that we are glad that we have the resources to provide food for the principles, the parent volunteers, and the families themselves so that their families can be stronger and kids can come to school ready to learn. >> with the board's permission, in the spirit of what we're doing right now, i would like to recognize people that have done great deeds for us.
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can i move there resolution, if that's ok. seeing that it's ok, what i would like to do is expend the rules for this. roll call please. >> i'll move to suspend the rules. >> [roll call vote] >> can i have a motion to -- >> move the resolution. >> second. >> i guess i have to read it, right?
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i can make emily read it. this is that the elementary school at the park side campus, authored by myself and commissioner murase. >> dan ryan loved his family and the public schoolchildren whose lives he enriched through art and music and music in all people's lives, being the first principle of the school of the arts. and whereas he never stopped working to the art and music alive. and whereas he benefited countless numbers of people by a selfless dedication to civic and social education artistic endeavors.
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and whereas he was essential to the rebuilding of the school's now known as the feinstein elementary school campus. therefore be it resolved that the board of education of the san francisco unified school district honors the live and work of dan ryan for those that will remember him by officially dedicating the art room at the park side campus as the dan ryan rehearsart room. >> no public comment. go ahead, principle cheng. >> i am the principal of dianne feinstein school of dark side campus. i want to thank them for putting this fourth of the board, he was an amazing person. he did so much to help us grow into the community that we are, and when he passed away last year, i brought it to the pta
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and said that i really think that because of the work he did in getting the school built and the work that he did with children before that in the work he continued to do, everything from bringing cookies to taking pictures to helping with art in our school, i felt his marriage should live on in some way. i put it forth to the school site council and they voted unanimously to dedicate the room to him, he was also a member of the pta and he did not have any children in our school. he is an amazing man and wanted to give him this memory of being
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in the school, keeping it alive for ever. >> i was there for the dedication, and i was at -- i was talking to quite a few people including wives and relatives. when i heard the stories and the fact that there was a dedication, i asked the question, wouldn't it make sense if we will acknowledge this formally? she said yes, it would be nice, so i wanted to do this for not only dan ryan, but the whole community out there. thank you for inviting me to be there at 7:30 in the morning. anybody else? >> i want to say that this is apropos for the naming, in memory of ban. he was an incredible musician and a servant, and all-around
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committee member. he showed up to so many events and participated in a meaningful way. this is one way for us to consistently and constantly remember him on the campus, so thank you for allowing us to name a portion of your school after him. >> roll-call, please. [roll cal lvote] -- call vote] >> it's unanimous.
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>> let's move on to item d. joyce and chris are the delegates for another month, but they are dealing with graduation's said they are not here today. i would like to call justin who would like to introduce a lot of people. >> as you mentioned, my name is justin still, and the coordinator of the student advisory council. we had our last meeting last night, and the deputy superintendent came to the meeting to talk about what they thought was working and what
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they thought it wasn't working. we appreciate starting the dialogue with our superintendent. it was a sad day because it was our last meeting so we had to say goodbye to our members. we have a wonderful new group of members coming tonight, so i am here to introduce you to them. i put a little bios about each one if you want to look at them for your information. i will start by introducing the newly elected student delegate, megan wong. come on up, megan. [applause] >> i'm megan wong, a rising senoiior at lowell high school. afford to working with the board of education in the next school year.